Buckley’s Zachary Miller tops in Drive, Chip, Putt contest

Buckley’s Zachary Miller is simply crazy about the game of golf.

That’s a good thing because – despite being just 9 years old and too small to carry his fully-stocked bag – he’s awfully talented.

The son of Todd and Amy Miller recently participated in the local qualifier of the Drive, Chip and Putt contest, placing first among 31 participants in his age group. Actually, he played against slightly older foes, having to compete in the 10-and-11 age group at Mount Si Golf Course.

He now advances to the subregional contest Aug. 27 at Kayak Point Golf Course in Stanwood.

The recent accomplishment is on top of the Washington Junior Golf tournaments, where he has played his way to several first- and second-place finishes.

His parents report that Zachary plays every day, whether it’s in a tournament, at the Enumclaw course, hitting balls on the family property or swinging away on the Wii.

His dedication to the game includes reading a book on the fundamentals of a golf swing, written by legendary Bobby Jones. All his reports at school are about golf. And he raised a hog for a 4-H project, so he could purchase an annual pass to the Enumclaw course.

His father, who coaches the White River High girls golf team, reports that Zach’s scores would land him a spot on the high school varsity boys team – if not for the fact that he must first finish elementary school and middle school.